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  • NewsStream, A Time for Reason and Compassion

    Kandadji Dam at the Brink

    In landlocked Niger, one of the poorest countries in the world, yet another World Bank project is threatening to go off the rails. The proposed Kandadji Dam will displace over 65,000 people and could lead to a huge -- and preventable -- man-made humanitarian disaster. Will the Bank do the right thing and cancel this dam?

     

    Inside the Energy Crisis Rocking Venezuela

    Extreme drought has dried up the reservoir behind Venezuela’s Guri Dam, which provides much of the country’s energy. This has helped fuel growing political and economic unrest as energy shortages cripple the country. As Venezuelans grapple with the climate vulnerability of dams, our guest blogger Katherine Brousseau shares an insider’s view of what’s behind the unrest.

     

  • Aleteo # 133

     "This sister (Mother Earth) cries out because of the damage that we cause her because of the irresponsible use and abuse of the goods that God has put in her. We grew up thinking we were the owners and rulers, allowed to exploit it." With these strong words of Pope Francisco, humanity is invited to respect the "common house"; slogan that accompanied the various activities carried out hand in hand with the Episcopate and national environmental organizations in the Colombian capital and other municipalities. For the official launch of the 17th version of the campaign Reconcile with Nature.
     
     
    During the past year, ProAves Foundation has worked hard in implementing conservation corridors and environmental education strategies with communities to protect the wide biodiversity in the municipality of Timbiquí, Department of Cauca in Colombia.
     

     

  • EU Sustainable Energy Week 2016

    EUSEW 2016 will take place from 14 to 17 June 2016. The Policy Conference is the most important European conference dedicated to sustainable energy policy issues. Sessions organised by the European Commission and energy stakeholders debate new policy developments, best practices and sustainable energy ideas, while networking events forge alliances. Awards for outstanding projects begin the week.Two venues host the Policy Conference in Brussels’ Schuman district: the European Commission’s Charlemagne building, and the Residence Palace nearby. The buildings are five minutes apart by foot.
    Public authorities, energy agencies, industry associations, businesses, civil society organisations and the media are all invited to take part in the conference. Past speakers and participants have come from city councils and the European institutions, private companies and research organisations, citizen groups and NGOs.
    If your work supports an economy built on clean, secure, efficient energy, this event is for you. The EU Sustainable Energy Week is an opportunity to meet stakeholders promoting energy efficiency and renewable energies, learn about successful policies and inspire innovation to meet the EU’s energy and climate goals.

  • International Rivers News Stream June '16

    Have We Passed Peak Dam?

    The latest renewable statistics are out, and wow: The world added five times as much wind and solar as large hydro last year. These numbers confirm our observations; we’ve seen several dams stopped or suspended in recent months. The hold-up? Large hydro developers won’t give up without a fight.

    World’s Largest Dam Unravels

    Even as the rest of the world embraces solar, the Democratic Republic of Congo is still pursuing the ill-conceived Grand Inga dam scheme. Just days ago, the head of Grand Inga told us, on camera, that construction may start without an assessment of the dam’s social or environmental impacts. Which dam builders will stick with such a substandard project?

  • World Humanitarian Summit, 23-24 May, Istanbul, Turkey

    On 23 - 24 May 2016 world leaders will meet in the Istanbul to stand up for our common humanity and take action to prevent and reduce human suffering.

    More info at https://www.worldhumanitariansummit.org/summit

     

  • 31 July - 04 August 2016, United Nations Vienna, Austria, Europe

    Experience diplomacy at one of the most authentic United Nations simulation conferences with students from all over the world.

    A Model United Nations (MUN) is a meeting where students authentically simulate negotiations of specific committees and organs of the United Nations. Participants choose a country and research their chosen country's position regarding a specific topic. After preparation, they step into the shoes of diplomats and represent this country in a committee. They debate, convince, bring forward new solutions and solve a world conflict with their own resolution.

    Why participate at MUNs?

    Thousands of students actively take part in MUNs, debating either at training sessions at clubs or at international conferences that are organized all over the world.

    The motivation for participation in MUNs is simple, yet very convincing:

    • improve your negotiation and public speaking skills
    • become a better team-worker and leader
    • get an insight into an UN diplomat's work
    • make practical use of your political knowledge
    • meet and stay in touch with students from all around the world
  • Child's Dream Foundation April 2016 Newsletter

    How About Developing Poor Nations While De-developing Rich Nations? 

    With a monumental celebration in New York the United Nation’s new Sustainable Development Goals were signed off by the heads of state on 25 September 2015. Some of the 17 goals sound familiar; no poverty, zero hunger, good health and well-being, quality education, and gender equality. But there are a few new interesting ones; affordable and clean energy, sustainable cities and communities, responsible consumption and production, and climate action.

    These new 17 goals will largely dictate where, by whom and how the roughly USD 160 billion of annual development aid will be utilized. Although these goals offer a fresh plan on how to save the world, the main strategy for eradicating poverty remains the same; growth.

    Since 1980 the global economy has grown by 380% but the number of people living in poverty (living on less than USD 5 per day) has increased by more than 1.1 billion. Many developing countries were completely left out and the trickle-down effect did not happen. More growth, even if it would be fairer and more equal, is not going to be sustainable. At the current levels of average global consumption, we are already exceeding our planet’s bio-capacity.

    There is a standardized unit called ‘global hectares’ that quantifies both the ecological footprint of people or activities as well as bio-capacity of the earth. Right now our planet only has enough resources for each of us to consume 1.8 global hectares annually. People in the US and Canada consume about 8 global hectares while Europeans consume 4.7.

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